Hairy beasts, food, stars and music all make up this month’s festivals. Check out the best festivals around the world for the month of May.
Cinco De Mayo, May 5, Mexico
This might just be the most well-known festival on the list. Cinco De Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over France in 1862. The main festivities consist of an endless parade and literally thousands of food stands. While this festival is only technically one day, there are events that last throughout the month of May that include concerts and dances as well as art exhibitions. After festival goers are finished with this event, they typically go to the Puebla State Fair which occurs around the same time.
Mawazine, May 20-28, Morocco
This somewhat controversially event takes place in Rabat. It attracts more than 2 million people, which is about 3 times the population of the city itself. This festival was created in 2001 as a way to promote Morocco as being more liberal than some other countries in the Middle East. The event features over 100 concerts and past big-name artists have included Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones. There are also a lot of up and coming artists in attendance as well who are hoping to get their “big break”.
Sasquatch!, May 27-30, Washington
Head over to Quincy, Washington over Memorial Day weekend to enjoy good music at a beautiful, natural amphitheater. This festival started in 2002 as a way to promote the local music market. Each year dozens of artists perform for a crowd of about 20,000 people. This event is so popular that tickets often sell out within a few hours of going on sale.
Stars Of The White Nights, May 27- July 31, Russian Federation
Located in St. Petersburg, the Stars Of The White Nights festivals is so huge that it lasts for over two months. It includes basically everything related to culture and the arts. From film, ballet, opera and music, attendees can see a wide genre of performances. There’s also a fireworks show that features red sailed ships and a lot of energy. In addition to the art there are one of a kind performers like fire eaters and sword swallowers. This festival started as a way to celebrate the longest days of the year in and to get out and enjoy them before the cold winter rolls back around in this country. More than 3 ½ million people are expected to be in attendance this year.